PRETORIA: SOUTH African, Theo de Jager, has been elected President of Pan African Farmers’ Organisation (PAFO) at the organisation’s Ordinary General Assembly (OGA) in Cotonou, Benin. Tunisia’s Ezzar Abdelmajid was elected Vice President. Following his appointment, de Jager said his organisation would continue seeking to ensure farmers’ interests, needs and aspirations across Africa have been addressed, including agricultural development policies that were favourable to family farmers.
He is the current Deputy President of AgriSA. Congratulating de Jager’s election, Agri SA President, Johannes Möller, said it confirmed quality South African leadership in farming and agricultural matters.
“The election of Dr. de Jager on this continental organisation is indicative of the value attached to farmers and related leadership originating from South Africa,” said Möller.
PAFO is made up of five regional farmers’ organisations: the network of Farmers and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa (ROPPA), the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), the East African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF), the Maghrebian Farmers’ Union (UMAGRI) and the Sub-regional Platform of Farmers’ Organisations in Central Africa (PROPAC).
PAFO seeks to ensure that farmers have a greater say in the issues that matter to them at national and continental level.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY